e-tv: durban’s Ngongoma and Dube in ‘Popstars’ group

2010-11-08 00:00

DURBAN has two new music stars — Lihle Ngongoma, who celebrates her 22nd birthday this month, and Zinhle Dube (24). The two women are part of the group, Nne-Vida, which means for life and represents the commitment the members have made to one another and to their fans.

Nne-Vida, whose other members are Lyle Volkwyn and Oscar Toorn, both from Johannesburg, was created by the judges — Zwai Bala, PJ Powers and Azania Ndoro — after months of gruelling auditions and workshops in the e.tv reality show Popstars.

Both Ngongoma and Dube got the news they were in the band from Bala, who visited them at their homes in Inanda and the Umkhambane informal settlement, near Mayville, in Durban, respectively.

“I was over the moon when Zwai came to see me. He told me how I did in the workshop and that I was in the group … I cried a lot that day,” Ngongoma, who grew up in Umlazi, said.

“When I was at school I was the one who started the songs. After school I went to study at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music [at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban]. I had to stop after second year though because of financial problems, so I gigged around Durban … at the Bat Centre, the Zulu Jazz Lounge, and the Rainbow in Pinetown.”

Asked if she considers continuing her studies, Ngongoma says that, while she would like to, she simply has to make the most of the opportunity given to her by Popstars.

“For God to think that it’s time for me to do something like this is amazing,” she added. “I’m very honoured and humbled and I’m feeling hungry for success. I want to take the group to great heights.”

Asked how she felt to be part of Nne-Vida, Dube said: “My life has really changed. I always said that one day people will hear my voice and I’m so happy that my time has finally come.”

Dube, who has three younger siblings, is also thrilled that she now has the chance to change her family’s life. “My mom was crying tears of joy. We live in an informal settlement and she’s happy that I’ll be taking her out of that place. I have always dreamt of building her a house,” she said.

• To see Nne-Vida live, head to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping this weekend.

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